Sport proves crucial to inspiring recovery
LAWN Bowls has played an integral role in getting Don Currie back on an active path after falling ill with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
At first he bowled seated on his walking frame, then used it to lean on as he bowled, before advancing to using just his walking stick for support.
What he went through to compete at the state titles was far more than any opponent could throw at him.
Currie beat Dave Lenden 21-20 in the singles final after the two-minute warning bell had sounded, and came from 14-13 down to win the pairs' title 15-14.
He partnered Rathdowney's Deborah McGarry in the pairs.
It was she who suggested he enter the state titles this year.
Currie hopes it will earn him Queensland selection for the national titles in Adelaide in February.
It marks a good year for Currie on the bowls rink.
He is the North Ipswich reigning A-grade singles champion, captained North Ipswich to the Division 5 pennants title and led the club's pairs team to a premier sevens title.